Secret Ingredient Iced Tea

By Scott Sarvay

Secret Ingredient Iced Tea

August 1, 2012 Updated Aug 1, 2012 at 1:34 PM EST

Ever wonder why the iced tea at a restaurant always seems to taste crisper and more flavorful than your version at home? Well, there is a simple secret to how that happens and we’re sharing it in our recipe for Secret Ingredient Iced Tea.

Serves: 4
Cooking Time: 25 min

• 10 cups water, divided
• 1/8 teaspoon baking soda (See Note)
• 7 tea bags
• 1 1/2 cups sugar
• 1 lemon, thinly sliced
• Fresh mint leaves for garnish (optional)

1. In a large saucepan, bring 5 cups water to a boil over high heat. Stir in baking soda and tea bags; remove from heat, cover, and let steep 15 minutes.

2. Remove and discard tea bags. Stir in sugar until dissolved. Add remaining water and the lemon slices. Pour into 1/2-gallon container and refrigerate 2 to 4 hours, or until chilled.

3. Serve over ice in tall glasses and garnish with mint, if desired.

• Using baking soda in this recipe is no mistake. It removes any bitterness from the tea, leaving us with a smooth and flavorful drink.

Read more at http://www.mrfood.com/Cold-Beverages/Secret-Ingredient-Sweet-Iced-Tea#yoBmzkqw4FkJSKib.99

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